Bachelor of Music – Musicology

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3 year full-time or equivalent part-time study


February, May, September


Melbourne, Sydney


Domestic and International
FEE-HELP eligible


CRS 1401307
Bachelor 111577B 


The Bachelor of Music – Musicology program blends research, theory, and philosophy to investigate the cultural history of music in its various forms, and how music is influenced by culture. Discover the practices, values, and ideas to make educated claims about how different people think and feel about the world. 

AIM’s Musicology specialisation teaches you to think critically about how cultural expressions evoke meaning and explore the triumphs and challenges of music as a form of cultural identity. 

You will solidify a foundation in musical literacy, interact with materials that create music, examine how those elements are structured and notated in diverse genres, and develop your skills to identify musical structures by ear. 


Though the Musicology specialisation is primarily research-focused, you will collaborate on practical projects and receive expert guidance from their convenors. You can also explore other areas of interest outside of Musicology by selecting from AIM’s entire elective list.

At the conclusion of your course, you will gain an industry-recognised qualification with multiple career opportunities such as: 

  • Ethnomusicology Researcher 
  • Anthropology Researcher 
  • Social & Cultural Policy Consultant 
  • Music Critic/Reviewer 
  • Music Editor 
  • Music Educator 
  • Arts Administrator 
  • Entertainment Manager 
  • Music Journalist 
  • Musical Director 
  • Playlist Curator 


 Learn more about how AIM helps you to succeed View Career Opportunities.

course overview

Try a Diploma of Music (Pathway into Bachelor of Music) 

Not quite ready for a full three-year degree? See if tertiary music studies are for you with a one-year Diploma of Music. You will take electives across all our programs, gain musical literacy, and build foundational academic skills. You will achieve an industry-recognised qualification and be accredited for all your completed courses if you decide to continue into your Bachelor of Music as a second-year student. 

To gain entry into our Bachelor of Music programs, applicants are required to audition and must prepare two contrasting items.

For entry to the Bachelor of Music (Musicology) program, the first item should be an analytical essay about music or the music business. Topics may include a music artist, composer, musical work, genre, or aspect of the music business.

The second item may be a contrasting essay, or a musical item such as:

  • A live music performance
  • A recorded video or audio performance
  • A recorded original composition including a credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer)
  • A pdf score of an original composition or arrangement
  • A handwritten score of an original composition or arrangement
  • An original audio mix of a musical work including a credit list (for example: composer, lyricist, arranger, producer, musicians, engineer)

Find out more about auditioning at AIM.


Must have achieved ONE of the following:  

  • Satisfactory completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Year 12 Certificate in the last 2 years (such as HSC or VCE*) and satisfy the minimum English language entry of a Band 3 in HSC English Standard (or equivalent)  
  • Satisfactory completion of IB (International Baccalaureate) Diploma qualification in the past 2 years  
  • Satisfactory completion of an AQF VET qualification (Certificate IV and above, or equivalent as assessed by DET)  
  • Satisfactory completion of at least 6 months full-time tertiary study (AQF level 5 or higher)  
  • Be a mature age student (21 years or older)  


*NOTE: Completion of Senior VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) does not meet these requirements.  

Need Further Information? View Entry Requirements Domestic or Entry Requirements International.

Would you like to talk about your options for entry? Email us  


To reach your potential as a musician, you need to learn from experts. Explore who you will study under.

  • Julian Gough

    Head of Pathways and Engagement

    julian gough

    Julian has been active for 30 years, both nationally and internationally in the creative arts and has extensive experience in tertiary and secondary education, in Jazz and commercial performance, composition, musical direction and management.

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  • Dr. Tim Willis

    Associate Head of Learning and Teaching - Melbourne

    tim willis

    Tim Willis is an academic and professional musician based in Melbourne. He has been an active contributor to the Melbourne jazz scene since moving from France in 2009 .  Tim obtained his Bachelor of Music from the School of Music at the Australian National University before going on to complete his PhD in Music Performance – Jazz from Monash University’s Zelman Cowen School of Music.  Tim’s band Tim […]

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  • Adrian Bolland


    adrian bolland

    Adrian Bolland is one of Australia’s most experienced and celebrated audio experts. As a producer, engineer and mixer, he’s been credited with a long list of hit singles and albums for artists such as The Divinyls, Slim Dusty, The Little River Band, Leo Sayer, Vince Jones, Gangajang, The Rockmelons, Celibate Rifles,  Severed Heads, Margaret Urlich and many others. In 1993 he won the ARIA Award for Engineer of the Year.

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